Rookie Roe catching on, may give team a hand Boulware fined $7,500 for hit on Jets QB Foley

Ravens notebook

November 07, 1997|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

Ravens wide receiver James Roe seems to be enjoying a lot of the attention this week.

With starting wide receiver Michael Jackson's status doubtful for Sunday's game because of a ruptured biceps and starting slot receiver Jermaine Lewis questionable because of an ankle sprain, Roe has been getting in a lot of practice time this week.

Roe, drafted in the second round in April 1996, has spent more of his playing time on special teams this year. But the former Norfolk State product has some of the best hands on the team and has run with both the first and second teams in practice this week along with Ryan Yarborough.

Roe has been busy learning all the positions.

"Right now, I'm just trying to get comfortable in all those postions," said Roe. "I want to be ready if the coach needs me. I'm getting a lot of reps, but I don't know how much I will play."

Jackson did not practice with the team yesterday. Lewis, dressed in team sweat clothes, watched from the sidelines.

Boulware fined $7,500

Ravens rookie outside linebacker Peter Boulware will be fined $7,500 for his takedown of New York Jets quarterback Glenn Foley in Sunday's game, according to a league official.

Boulware charged into the backfield untouched in the fourth quarter to nail Foley just after he released an incomplete pass. He wrapped up Foley, then slammed him onto the turf as the two rolled over. The collision left Foley dazed enough to turn the offense over to Neil O'Donnell for a play.

"I don't understand it; maybe I don't understand the NFL yet," said Boulware. "I thought if you did something wrong on the field, you got a penalty. I didn't think you got penalized for being aggressive, especially when there wasn't a call."

Everitt fallout

Ravens players were disappointed to hear about an incident involving former teammate and center Steve Everitt earlier this week. Everitt, now with the Eagles, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia Tuesday morning around 12: 37 a.m. near his home in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Said Ravens offensive tackle Orlando Brown, one of Everitt's closest friends: "I'm surprised by it. He is not like that. I haven't talked to him, but I plan on it soon."

Goeas situation

Ravens management was perturbed about speculation circulating around the league that left guard Leo Goeas was benched recently because he is close to securing incentive bonuses for required playing time in his contract.

Ben Cavil replaced Goeas as a starter three weeks ago. Goeas declined to comment yesterday.

"I would just say we hope this is not happening," said his agent, The Ravens previously said Goeas was starting over Cavil because Goeas had more experience while Cavil was considered a stronger run blocker.

Said Ravens owner Art Modell: "There has never been a situation like that in my 37 years with the team, and there will never be one like that for another 37 years."

Pub Date: 11/07/97

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